Baltimore, MD, United States (4E Sports) – Tight end Dennis Pitta has agreed to remain with the Baltimore Ravens on a five-year contract worth $32 million with $16 million guaranteed
Pitta will make $21 million during the first three years of the deal and plans to travel to Baltimore this weekend to sign his contract.
The agreement came Friday, three days before the Ravens had to place its franchise tag to keep him off the free-agent market.
PItta, 28, is one of quarterback Joe Flacco’s favorite targets and a security blanket, especially on third downs and in the red zone.
“Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses,” general manager Ozzie Newsome said. “He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers. Opponents have to always pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us.”
In 2012, Pitta set career highs set career highs in catches (61), receiving yards (669) and touchdowns (seven). During the Ravens’ Super Bowl run, Pitta had touchdowns in three of the team’s four postseason games.
He suffered a hip injury in July but returned early in December.